Blue geese wing north early this evening, way up in a beautiful March sky, high above the farmlands near my hometown of Lebanon, Ill. I've seen thousands of blue geese this week, many of them much closer to me than these, but my camera was always out of reach. Yep, not too smart on my part. Anyway, compared to Canada geese, blues and snow geese sound off in higher pitches, in faster and more erratic vocalizations. Their movements and formations also are more erratic than those of Canada geese. Geese and other waterfowl are common here in large numbers, because the western side of Lebanon overlooks the Silver Creek bottomlands, part of the Mississippi Flyway. Growing up here, I hunted waterfowl with my grandfather.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.